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From July 1 to July 28, slightly more than 21 thousand tourist arrivals and more than 115 thousand overnight stays were realized in the area of the City of Korčula. Guests from Slovenia, Croatia, the United Kingdom, Poland, Serbia, Germany, France, the United States of America and Bosnia and Herzegovina were the most numerous.
Compared to the same period in 2019, there were three percent more overnight stays in the area of the City of Korčula!
From the beginning of the year to July 28, more than 202 thousand overnight stays were realized, compared to the same period in 2021, 57 percent more overnight stays were realized. The most overnight stays from January to mid-July were made by tourists from Croatia, the United Kingdom, the United States of America, Germany, Slovenia, Poland, Bosnia and Herzegovina, and France.
In the last 24 hours, 1,467 new cases of Covid-19 infection were recorded, and the number of active cases in Croatia today totals 10,516. Among them, 671 people are receiving hospital treatment, of which 25 patients are on ventilators. Unfortunately, 11 people died in Croatia in the past 24 hours.
The number of new daily cases of Covid-19 in Croatia has been steadily climbing since the start of July. From the beginning of this year until May the number of new daily cases of Covid-19 had been dropping, and in June there were a little over 200 new cases a day.
From February 25, 2020, when the first case of infection was recorded in Croatia, a total of 1,184,303 people have been infected with the new coronavirus, of which 16,288 have died, a total of 1,157,499 people have recovered, of which 2,009 recovered in the last 24 hours.
There are currently 6,108 people in self-isolation.
To date, a total of 5,042,959 people have been tested, of which 3,907 have been tested in the last 24 hours.
The Croatian government has submitted a request for membership in the European Stabilization Mechanism (ESM), which Croatia should enter in the first quarter of next year.
The ESM is an intergovernmental organization founded in 2012 by the member states of the euro area. Its mission is to enable the countries of the euro area to avoid and overcome financial crises and to maintain long-term financial stability and prosperity.
The ESM implements its role by granting loans and other types of financial assistance to member states that are in a difficult financial situation.
The members of the ESM receive loans in exchange for the economic reforms they undertake to carry out, which are called conditionality. When approving loans or financial assistance, the ESM has several instruments at its disposal, including a loan for the macroeconomic adjustment program and a loan for the indirect recapitalization of banks.
The shareholders of the ESM are exclusively the countries of the euro area. Croatia will become part of the euro area on January 1, 2023, and is expected to join the ESM in the first quarter of next year.
At the closed part of the 136th session of the Government of the Republic of Croatia, the conclusion was reached that Viktor Šober should be proposed to the Dubrovnik Airport Assembly for the position of General Director.
He comes to the position of director of Dubrovnik airport from Brussels, where he worked as an advisor for telecommunications and information society at the Permanent Representation of the Republic of Croatia to the EU.
In the Dubrovnik-Neretva County, 75 new cases of Covid-19 infection were recorded in the last 24 hours.
There are 35 people from Dubrovnik, 22 from Metković, 8 from Župa Dubrovnik, 4 each from Konavle and Ploče and 1 each from Smokvica and Ston.
87 people have recovered in the past 24 hours.
In the last 24 hours, 216 samples were processed, and since the beginning of the pandemic, a total of 256,041 samples have been analysed.
In the Dubrovnik General Hospital, 15 people positive for Covid-19 are currently hospitalized, and one patient is in intensive care.
The contract on the execution of structural rehabilitation works of the Sponza Palace between the Institute for the Reconstruction and the contractor Građevinar Quelin d.d. as well as the contract on the performance of professional and design supervision services with the company Canosa inženjering d.o.o. was signed yesterday.
The renovation and restoration works of Sponza Palace include the structural renovation of the stone elements of the load-bearing structure, as well as the wooden roof structure, the renovation of the roof, covering and floor layers in the southern part of the attic, the renovation of the metal keys of the existing tensioners on the facades, and the renovation and restoration of stone and exterior carpentry.
The public procurement procedure was carried out, and in relation to the estimated value of the works in the amount of 4.7 million Kuna including VAT. The deadline for completing the works is 12 months.
Of exceptional cultural value, the Sponza Palace is one of the most representative buildings of public importance within the monumental fabric of Dubrovnik. In the former customs house, many public functions were performed throughout history, and today it preserves the most precious archival material of the Dubrovnik area.
The Institute for Public Health of the Dubrovnik-Neretva County conducted the fifth regular examination of the quality of the sea water on 121 beaches across the Dubrovnik-Neretva County in the period from July 12 to July 20, 2022.
The sea on 117 beaches was rated as excellent quality, and on two beaches as good. On the beach of Lopud, the Grand Hotel on Lopud and Under the Walls on Korčula, the sea was rated as satisfactory.
During the fifth examination of the sea at Prigradica beach in Blato on Korčula on July 12, 2022, short-term pollution was determined. Additional sea samples were taken from July 14-17, 2022, and the test results from July 16 and 17, 2022 meet the conditions of the regulation on the quality of the sea for bathing, which indicates the end of short-term pollution.
The current sea temperature in Dubrovnik is almost 27 degrees.
The Civil Protection Office has released a special flyer for tourists to Croatia with recommendations and instructions on how to manage in the warmer weather. From avoiding direct sunlight from 10:00am to 5:00pm, drinking plenty of fluids and to wear light coloured clothes.
“Climate change has brought more heat waves and sudden weather changes more frequently, such as stronger thunderstorms, flash floods and wind. A long dry period increases the probability of fire outbreaks, and the most common cause of fires is human negligence and carelessness,” stated the Civil Protection Office.